Decision on Childers Cove review due by end of year

Locals and former locals last year made a strong call for the restoration of public access to the Childers Cove beach at an information session. 
Locals and former locals last year made a strong call for the restoration of public access to the Childers Cove beach at an information session. 

Access to Childers Cove will remain open to the public while Parks Victoria continues to assess its future.

The staircase leading to the secluded beach was closed mid-last year, but a Parks Victoria announcement in December that the instability of cliffs meant the move was permanent prompted a backlash from residents.

Residents were told that the slope under the staircase was being eroded by the sea and groundwater seeping from above, and had receded about 1.5 metres in about four years.

Following public anger, the staircase was stabilised and reopened on a temporary basis until April 27.

However, this week Parks Victoria area chief ranger Michael Smith said that staircase was still open.

“Relatively calm winter seas have allowed us to keep the staircase temporarily open while our geotechnical assessment continues,” he said “We hope to have the results of this assessment before the end of the year.”

In December, people were warned to exercise caution and adhere to warning signs.

Parks Victoria had also said it was considering building a lookout halfway down the existing stairs where the cliffs were stable.